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Small knives will be allowed on planes but baby powder banned Transport

first_imgOTTAWA – Under new regulation changes effective later this month, airline passengers will be able to carry some small knives on most flights, but baby powder will be banned.Transport Canada says knife blades up to six centimetres — about the size of a large paper clip — will be allowed on domestic and most international flights.Blades of any length will continue to be banned on U.S. flights while razor blades and box cutters of any size will remain prohibited on all flights.Another change will prohibit certain powders and granular material with a volume of 350 millilitres — the size of a soda can — or more.Prohibited materials include items such as bath salts, sea salt, baby powder, foot powder, cooking powder and sand. Baby formula, protein powder, tea and coffee will still be permitted in any quantity.Transport Canada says the adjustments — which are effective Nov. 27 — reflect changes in the security environment and are needed to harmonize with international standards.“These changes to screening procedures will bring Canada in line with international standards and our partner countries, while continuing to keep passengers safe,” Transport Minister Marc Garneau said in a release.last_img read more

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Stars Help Out At LA Mission End Of Summer Block Party

first_imgA recent survey indicated that school supply prices jumped more than 7 percent this year, significantly outpacing the rate of inflation.This means it is even more difficult for poor families – especially those in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles, to prepare their children for school this year. According to the study, school supplies will cost $577 for elementary students, up 5.3% from last year. The cost rises to $763 for middle school students up 5.3% from last year and $1,223 for high school students, up 9.5% from 2012.But the Los Angeles Mission and generous donors have helped bridge the gap. Nearly a thousand children received backpacks full of school supplies, shoes and other assistance in the Mission’s annual End of Summer Block Party Saturday.“No third-grader plans or desires to grow up to be homeless,” said Herb Smith, president of the Los Angeles Mission. “But sometimes the odds seem stacked against them, especially the kids we see here on Skid Row. This is just one way the Mission reaches out to help – and perhaps prevent homelessness in the future.”About one thousand backpacks full of schools supplies were handed out to grateful kids Saturday. The day was the result of a combined effort by nonprofits, businesses and people who just want to help. For the second year, Soles4Souls partnered with BOBS from SKECHERS to provide more than a thousand pairs of shoes.Among the stars who took part were Alison Holker (So You Think You Can Dance), Charles Baker (Breaking Bad), Jason Wahler (The Hills), Aldis Hodge (Leverage), Edwin Hodge (Red Dawn), G Hanneluis (Dog with a Blog), Carolyn Hennesy (True Blood), Jamie Gray Hyder (True Blood), Octavius Johnson (Ray Donovan), Maitland Ward (Boy Meets Girl), Bruno Amato (The Internship), Thomas Kasp (Pictures on the Wall), Brandon Molale (Gangster Squad), Sharna Burgess (Dancing with the Stars), Lisa Long (The Runaways), Caroline Rich (In the Key of Eli), Brandon Tyler Russell (Smitty), Tyler Champagne (The Client List), Breille Barbusca (Defining Mel), Tara-Nicole Azarian (Standing Up), Jaden Betts (The Client List), Austin Anderson (Victorious), Amber Barbell (Love Triangle), and more.“We are excited to once again partner with the Los Angeles Mission and are thankful for their dedication to improving the lives of those in the LA area,” said Soles4Souls Chief Executive Officer Buddy Teaster. “This distribution will enable children to attend school this fall, and we know that getting an education is critical in the fight against poverty.”“SKECHERS is proud to partner with the Los Angeles Mission for the second consecutive year and provide BOBS shoes for thousands of children in need,” said SKECHERS president Michael Greenberg. “As a Los Angeles-based company, SKECHERS is committed to giving back in our own backyard, in addition to donating over 5 million pairs of shoes in the U.S. and around the world through the BOBS charitable program. The End of Summer Block Party brings the community together for a wonderful celebration and we’re happy to contribute BOBS footwear so children can leave this event with a big smile on their face, plus a new pair of shoes to start the school year.”For more than a decade the Block Party has been a way for kids to play, have fun, win prizes and forget about their circumstances – if for only a day. The Los Angeles Mission has been serving the homeless and poor in the Skid Row area for more than 75 years. What started as a soup kitchen in the Great Depression in 1936 continues to serve the needy in the great recession of 2013.U.S. Bank provided substantial financial support for the event.“We are thrilled to once again support Los Angeles Mission and the End of Summer Block Party with a donation of $25,000 for the event, as we have each year since 2009,” said Sean Foley, president of U.S. Bank in Southern California. “This is a day our employees look forward to and we are thrilled to have 40 members of our volunteer team on hand to help families celebrate the end of summer and wish them well in their school year.”Children from age 4 to 17 got a backpack. Nearly 1,000 backpacks and the school supplies that are so important at this time of year were distributed. Supplies, including pencils, notebooks, crayons, erasers, folders and arts & craft items were donated. The Great Commission Church International donated the backpacks and most of the items students needed. Additional back-to-school items were provided by Jackson-Hewitt. Briefly Cares donated 1,000 pairs of underwear, City Dental made more than 1,000 toothbrushes available and Landsberg/Amcor provided utensils and supplies for the meal.Celebrity volunteers always come to Los Angeles Mission events. They worked to make sure everyone had a good time, and helped In-N-Out Burger, King Taco and Michael Levine Trading Company serve a picnic to the Block party participants and their families. Snow cones were provided by volunteers from marketing firm Russ Reid.Several hundred volunteers from all over the area gave their time – with tens of thousands of hours given by thousands of volunteers each year to the Mission.The famous “Nickel” – the name that Fifth Street had had since the Mission was founded in the 1930’s – was closed by 6:00 AM. Vehicular traffic was re-routed around the street between Wall and San Pedro so that setup could start early Saturday morning. There were inflated bounce houses, slides, craft tents and food service areas set up. Families started lining up early so they could have plenty of time for food and fun before getting their school materials and backpacks.Representatives from the Los Angeles Christian Health Centers and volunteer nursing students from all over the area provided health screenings including height and weight, body mass index calculation and nutrition information.last_img read more

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John Varvatos To Be Honored By Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation

first_imgThe Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation will host its 18th Annual Benefit Dinner & Auction, honoring men’s fashion designer John Varvatos on Thursday, November 12th, 2015, at Cipriani Wall Street.Known affectionately by New Yorkers as “The Waxman,” this yearly fête is considered to be among the top fundraising events in New York City, attended by more than 1,200 corporate executives, board members, and their guests. In recent years, “The Waxman” has raised millions of dollars to support the Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer. Past celebrity performers have included Ziggy Marley, Train, Peter Frampton, Gregg Allman, Kid Rock, Steely Dan, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow and Counting Crows.This year, the event will feature a special performance from legendary American singer-songwriter, John Fogerty. The evening will be hosted by Chris Wragge, co-anchor of CBS 2 News This Morning, as master of ceremony. The evening’s much-anticipated live and silent auctions will offer guests the opportunity to bid on an exciting selection of exclusive items.last_img read more

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Ride sharing service launching in Calgary this summer

A new ride sharing service will soon launch in the city.Ride Please is an extension of the company Keys Please, a designated driver tool that picks people up, and drives their vehicles home.General Manager Ginger Greenwood says there’s just one more step before they can move forward with their new service.“We’ve already applied for the license and everything like that; we’ve also made inroads in regards to our webpages being developed and all of our offices to be set up to handle everything. We’re just waiting on the finalization for insurance. The app is already well in the process of being developed.”If things go as planned, Ride Please will launch July 1. by audreywhelan Posted May 17, 2016 7:29 am MDT (Stock photo: FreeImages.com) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ride sharing service launching in Calgary this summer read more

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Ohio State softball wins 3 of 4 games to open up 2016

Shelby Hursh (19) winds up a pitch for Sarah Gutknecht (27) of Michigan State during the Ohio State versus Michigan State softball game Saturday March 22, 2014. The Buckeyes won. Credit: Lantern file photoIn softball, consistent control of the game is the key to winning. The Ohio State softball team did just that in its opening weekend at the LSU Tiger Classic. The Buckeyes went 3-1 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, losing only to No. 3 LSU.OSU’s offense was led by sophomore third baseman Ashley Goodwin, who went 4-for-8 with four RBIs in the four-game outing. Goodwin and junior left fielder Alex Bayne both hit a home run, while six different Buckeyes contributed RBIs.On the mound, junior Shelby Hursh picked up two of the wins, striking out 10 over the three games she saw action. Freshman Morgan Ray, sophomore Shelby McCombs and junior Lena Springer also had strong showings in their opening weekends.Game 1Despite allowing Pacific to get on the board first, the OSU dominated its first game of the 2016 season, beating the Tigers 4-2.Ray started the game but was relieved by Hursh, who earned the win, in the top of the second. From there, Hursh struck out five, while giving up three hits.For the Buckeyes, the key was timely two-out hitting, where batters were .455 at the plate. In the second inning, Bayne doubled to drive in Goodwin and put OSU on the scoreboard. Goodwin had a single to center field to start the rally. A Pacific error allowed Bayne to score from third, putting the Buckeyes up 2-1.With a snap throw to catch senior second basemen Nicole Zapotoczny, who was the top hitter Friday for the Tigers, stealing second, senior catcher Cammi Prantl kept the momentum on OSU’s side heading into the bottom of the fourth inning.With the bases loaded, the Tigers made a pitching change but could not offset an already-fierce Buckeye offense. Sophomore center fielder Taylor White, who along with Bayne went 2-for-3, put the Scarlet and Gray up 3-1, driving in junior third baseman Anna Kirk. Senior shortstop Maddy McIntyre continued the streak with a two-out single, sending Bayne in to score.Pacific narrowed the Buckeyes’ lead to two in the top of the fifth inning, but the Tigers could not string enough hits together to score any more runs.Game 2In their second Friday matchup, the Buckeyes fell 9-0 to LSU in five innings. OSU gave up five runs in the first inning, giving the Tigers early control of the game.Like the game before, the Buckeyes’ pitching rotation had a tough time settling in. McCombs, a transfer from Louisville, started the game, only to be relieved by Springer. The pair combined to allow seven earned runs with zero strikeouts.McCombs opened the bottom of the first with two walks, followed by a bases-loaded situation. LSU senior shortstop Bianka Bell was then hit by a pitch, thus walking home a run to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.Sophomore pitcher Carley Hoover struck out five Buckeyes, who went just 2-for-18 at the plate. The Scarlet and Gray were 0-for-5 in situations with runners in scoring position or with two outs.White and freshman right fielder Brianna Betschel each had a hit for OSU, but the rest of the lineup had difficulty battling Hoover’s effort from the mound.Game 3With two games under its belt, OSU came out on top in their first game Saturday, beating Connecticut 7-1.After coming in as a reliever on Friday, Hursh got the start, striking out four batters in three innings. McCombs, who claimed the win, added five strikeouts once she took over in the bottom of the fourth.The Buckeyes’ offense, which was jumpstarted by an RBI single by freshman catcher Emily Clark, scored three runs in the second inning. Goodwin, who had four RBIs, homered to left field to continue the scoring streak.The Huskies were hitless through the first three innings, failing to deliver with the bases loaded. Their first run came in on a walk after an error by the OSU defense led to another bases-loaded situation in the bottom of the fourth.Despite a pitching change by UConn in the fifth, the Buckeyes put four more on the scoreboard. Senior Jayla Saibene came in to pinch hit for junior second baseman Anna Kirk, contributing two RBIs on a single. Goodwin continued her streak by adding another pair of RBIs with a double.Along with Saibene, junior Jesse Machovina delivered a single as a pinch hitter. The game against the Huskies was the first appearance by the utility player since the 2014 season because she spent 2015 recovering from surgery.Fifteen Buckeyes saw action in the matchup, giving players a chance to show their versatility as the season continues.Game 4In their final game of the weekend, the Buckeyes defeated North Florida 2-1 despite being outhit by North Florida . A blown save in the seventh wiped out the shutout, but a walkoff double by Machovina in the bottom of the inning sent the Buckeyes out of Louisiana with another win.OSU went down in order in the first inning, but a single by McIntyre rejuvenated the offense in the second. However, the Buckeyes could not deliver a run.The Ospreys threatened with runners in scoring position in the third inning, but a double play kept the game scoreless. Throughout the weekend, OSU’s defense was successful in getting out of scoring situations, which kept control of the game on its side.Bayne, who had gone 0-for-3 in the previous game, hit a solo shot to center field to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 in the bottom of the third inning.Springer started the game, pitching four innings and striking out two. Ray and Hursh also contributed from the mound, with the latter picking up her second win of the season.North Florida’s offense was led by freshman utility player Navia Penrod, but its only run came from a passed ball in the seventh inning.The Buckeyes responded in the bottom of the seventh to secure the win. Machovina hit the walkoff double to center field, which gave Kirk the opportunity to score.Again, OSU’s coaching staff rotated players, like Machovina, into the game, which provided for key plays on both offense and defense.What’s nextThe Buckeyes are next scheduled to travel to the Atlantic Coast Conference/Big Ten Challenge in Atlanta from Feb. 19-21, where they are slated to face Georgia Tech and Syracuse twice each. read more

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Maurice Clarett taking steps toward reforming criminal rehabilitation

In December 2014, Maurice Clarett spoke at a correctional facility in Marion, Ohio. There, the former Ohio State star running back sparked a relationship with Gary Mohr, the Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction over prison reform discourse.On Wednesday at the Riffe Center in downtown Columbus, Clarett is one of four speakers — along with Mohr — as a part of the U.S. Justice Action Network’s discussion on Ohio’s options to improve public safety and overall effectiveness of its justice system, per the release.“It opens the conversations to ‘Hey, not everybody needs prison,’” Clarett said. “When guys seem to get in trouble, it’s not like a one size fits all. It’s not like, ‘Hey, throw them in jail and everything will be repaired.’ It’s really setting that extra layer of offering some sort of deterrence and redirection.”Clarett was a member of the 2002 OSU national championship team, then found himself in trouble and was eventually kicked out of the program. He spent three-and-a-half years behind bars at Toledo Correctional Institution on charges of aggravated robbery.That’s where his life began to change.Former OSU running back Maurice Clarett speaks at an OUAB event Feb. 20, 2014 in the Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union.Credit: Lantern file photoKhellah Konteh, warden of Toledo at the time, was arguably the biggest influence on Clarett and the reason he was able to turn his life around. Konteh placed Clarett into programs where Clarett began to feel a purpose. Clarett said that Konteh told him that he believed in him and made him feel appreciated, which helped him to assimilate into a brotherhood through rehabilitation.“He ran the prison right,” Clarett said. “If you want to look at the model example, you can look at Kellah Konteh. He was the warden of the year for a reason. Just the way he engaged with guys and tried to rejuvenate their lives and just so much stuff he did. I can go on and on and on, but the man changed my life.”Once he was released from prison, Clarett began speaking to high school students, which evolved into larger groups of individuals and eventually sparked a cross-country tour in 2015 to football programs such as Florida State, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi State and TCU.In June 2016, Clarett opened an intensive outpatient program known as The Red Zone, which offers alcohol and drug addiction treatments and mental health problems among other services. The Red Zone works with roughly 300 families, and houses 30 men and 15 women.His speech on Wednesday serves as one of several steps toward a goal of community integration for people when their sentences end and a more centralized focus on rehabilitation for criminals.In prison, if you don’t get it yourself, it’s not going to happen. And the prison doesn’t do a great job of creating circumstances for you to grow. I can speak to that from experience. – Maurice ClarettWhen Clarett was released from prison, he said, there wasn’t anywhere for him to turn to except the same areas where he would continually get into trouble or areas that had a criminal mentality. That experience made Clarett realize that there are other circumstances at play. Some people who continue to go back to jail aren’t necessarily given a chance based on their circumstances. Without the appropriate resources, how can these people change and stay out of prison?“Our society can be better and open to accepting more people who have felony convictions or different hindrances,” Clarett said. “There is a lot of laws that are in place — like MDO (major drug offender) — there’s a tremendous amount of laws and a tremendous amount of languaging that goes in place that shouldn’t necessarily be in place … There needs to be more professionals inside the system. There needs to be more social workers inside the system. It’s kind of insane to believe that the gentleman or the woman who happens to be the correctional officer, who happens to have the most contact with the inmates, happens to be the least educated.”The Red Zone is located in Youngstown, Ohio — Clarett’s hometown. He splits his time between his roots and his current city of Columbus. A native of Canal Winchester, nearly 20 miles outside of the city, Clarett sees a lot of the same problems in Youngstown present in Columbus. In 2016, Columbus’ homicide rate was seventh highest in the country and the city has one of the nation’s largest opioid problems.Among several social constructs that factor into criminal activity, Clarett said education is one that correlates to abusers of alcohol and drugs and those with mental health issues.“Society is such in a way that if you don’t make it to college, you’re almost forgotten about. If you don’t make it to college, either community college or state college or university of some sorts, society just doesn’t have any resources for you,” he said. “Guys that have been left out that don’t have guidance, and they’re done with high school, they’re in between jobs, they don’t have a set of skills, and for whatever reason, things just break down and they just can’t piece this thing together … There are places to help you develop if you’re stuck in that rut. Prison often isn’t the best platform for guys to spring from. Prison is often one of the worst places to go to learn more about what you’ve learned before to get you into that space.”Clarett doesn’t claim to be knowledgeable on the facts and the studies of prison rehabilitation. That’s where Mohr and Robert Alt, president of the Buckeye Institute, factor into the discussion. Clarett said what he can do is tell it like it is from his personal experiences inside and outside the system.Maurice Clarett watches former OSU basketball player Kristin Watt (right) speak at a forum about paying college athletes on April 16, 2016. Credit: Lantern file photoWhile Clarett continues to lecture on prison rehabilitation reform, he said he is working toward a degree at OSU.“I’m working with an individual down there right now to finish my degree,” he said. “I’ll knock out some coursework at Columbus State this summer … I probably got two-and-a-half years left. I completed some work while I was in prison, but the ultimate goal is for me to come back and finish at Ohio State.”Clarett said he does not have a set graduation date or a selected major at the moment. He is planning to take classes that cater to his skill set, such as business, social work, education and other subject matter.Wednesday’s speech is one of many ways Clarett has impacted communities since his time in prison. He said he never thought he would turn out to become an inspirational speaker, but there come responsibilities with his platform as a recognizable athlete and someone who has witnessed the prison system in America from both sides.He’s trying to do right by those opportunities.“In prison, if you don’t get it yourself, it’s not going to happen. And the prison doesn’t do a great job of creating circumstances for you to grow. I can speak to that from experience,” he said. “Hopefully we can create a different platform or a different layer that can assist guys and getting out of prison and moving forward to allow them to not perpetuate the same things that have been going on for the past 20 to 30 years.”The event is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. read more

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RealTime Data Could Corrupt BigTime Sports

“After a goal is scored, the result is transmitted to a server in Malta and shows up on a screen, before people in the stadium even jump up and scream.” By Jody Avirgan Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed If you’re a fan of What’s The Point, subscribe on Apple Podcasts, and please leave a rating/review — that helps spread the word to other listeners. And be sure to check out our sports show Hot Takedown as well. Have something to say about this episode, or have an idea for a future show? Get in touch by email, on Twitter, or in the comments.What’s The Point’s music was composed by Hrishikesh Hirway, host of the “Song Exploder” podcast. Download our theme music. Read more: “Inside the Shadowy World of High-Speed Tennis Betting” As you’re watching the Super Bowl this weekend, keep in mind that behind the scenes, loads of data — and money — is shifting with each and every play. And as real-time data plays a bigger and bigger role in big-time sports, there are more opportunities for corruption.On this week’s episode of our podcast What’s The Point, James Glanz of The New York Times discusses his reporting on high-speed data in sports, as well as his investigations into daily fantasy sports. To listen, stream or download the full episode above, or subscribe using your favorite podcast app.Glanz also reveals that over the course of his reporting, he uncovered that the government routinely finds the names of active professional athletes when it takes down gambling rings. Video and a transcript of that part of the conversation are below.Are pro athletes gambling?Jody Avirgan: In the last couple years, you hear NFL players talk more explicitly about the fact that they know people have them in fantasy sports and their performance is linked to this proxy game or gambling that’s happening. Does it worry you that players are aware of all this other stuff that’s happening around them?James Glanz: Yeah. Yeah, it does. In reporting this story, integrity monitors are some of the people I spoke with — we didn’t do a lot about that — but what I hear from them is that unfortunately, even when [sports leagues] are working privately with integrity monitors, it’s not in any of the sports’ interest to really publicize the cases that they actually find. For example, here’s something I’ll give you that we didn’t put into the series.Avirgan: Are you about to out a player?Glanz: I’m not going to out a player, but in the United States betting organizations get taken down, prosecuted — sometimes severely if they’re convicted of money laundering and things like that, which is the usual charge — but prosecutors do not go after individual bettors, but they often know who they are. And in ring after ring, in this country, active players are constantly caught up in these dragnets that become criminal prosecutions, but because the players are generally just betting, they’re never named.What exactly is data?Avirgan: Over the course of all your reporting, did you land somewhere in terms of how our law should think of what the Internet is — or what data is?Glanz: I guess I’d turn it around. The Internet doesn’t rule the world. We’re in a nation of laws, and we have to actually change those laws if we want to operate under a different set of operating principles. The Internet calls some of that into question, but in some cases it just takes advantage of people’s ignorance about the way the whole system works — I’m talking about the digital system. So, if you’re running an illegal casino in Chelsea, you’re going to have to own up to it; that’s just the way it works.Avirgan: But you’re OK with the fact that it’s illegal in Chelsea, but it’s legal in Malta or some Caribbean island?Glanz: Well, I can’t really help what happens in Malta. I guess the way I’d put it is, that if you’re going to set up your casino in Chelsea, then put a sign out front. Because if what you’re doing is relying on law enforcement’s ignorance about the Internet, I can tell you, the house isn’t going to stand forever, because they’re going to figure that out — and they partly did from our series. That’s an inconvenient fact. Data is like all the rest of us, it exists in a physical place, and you have to take that into account. That’s just the way it is.Avirgan: What’s next in your reporting?Glanz: I’m not sure. I think that networking, and I’m talking about this in a very technical sense, is something that now weaves through all of our lives and affects almost every professional area in the United States as well as our personal lives and very few people understand. I’ve just started to get close to how complicated it is, but also how weirdly understandable it is. I’ll probably find another topic that kind of takes me through that world, and I’ll end up again in these places where you’re looking around and you think you’re in the belly of a submarine, but it’s really “the cloud.” I sort of like those places. read more

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Football Ohio State vs UNLV – By the Numbers

Ohio State redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon (1) scores in the first half on a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback J.T. Barrett. Ohio State won 54-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 10 Ohio State football team (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) took care of business Saturday, putting away UNLV (1-2) 54-21 in blowout fashion. Almost everything seemed to click for the Buckeyes in their victory. Here are a couple stats in Ohio State’s win that warrant a deeper look.41.6 – percentage of Barrett completions that went for touchdowns. Ohio State made it clear early it was going to try to fix the passing game against the Rebels. On the Buckeyes’ second offensive play of the day, quarterback J.T. Barrett found wide receiver Parris Campbell behind a bubble screen, and Campbell raced 69 yards to the end zone for a touchdown. The next drive, Ohio State again quickly turned to the pass, airing it out four straight times until Barrett found wide receiver Johnnie Dixon in the end zone for a touchdown. By the time Barrett was pulled from the game, he had completed 12-of-17 total passes, five of which were for touchdowns. Whether it be the result of prime field position coming off a turnover or moving down the field in chunks on the ground, the Buckeyes began drives beyond their own 40-yard line three times before Barrett subbed out. Nearly every time Barrett marched his team down the field, he completed passes into the end zone. For the first time all season, the Buckeyes went away from its offensive backbone: running the football. Instead, it seemingly went out with something to prove and scored all its touchdowns through the air.Barrett is unlikely to be quite this efficient moving forward, but demonstrating the ability to find his target in the red zone for touchdowns will be important for the Ohio State offense if it is going to prove it can do more than just have success running it against opponents.4 – successful deep ball passes by Ohio State (20-plus yards through the air). The biggest question mark during the offseason was whether Ohio State would be able to channel the deep ball in its offense. After the first three games, the answer seemed to be a resounding ‘No’ as Barrett either missed his targets or saw one of his receivers drop the pass on a majority of deep ball attempts. Against UNLV, Ohio State tried to force the deep ball a little more into the offense and managed to complete four — one from Barrett and three from redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins.That last stat should be telling as to the direction the Buckeye offense will be heading in. Barrett completed only one 20-yard pass through the air to K.J. Hill, and the other two passes of more than 20 yards came on short passes that just turned into yards after the catch — a 69-yard touchdown pass on a bubble screen to Campbell and a 22-yard pass to Hill. Haskins was able to find his targets down field on a more consistent basis and proved that he has it in him to be a deep-passing quarterback. But as long as Barrett is the starter, the majority of plays that gain yards in bulk on passes will likely be ones that come from a run-pass option or on short passes to receivers that turn into yards after the catch.6 – wide receivers who caught a touchdown. Entering this game, Ohio State wide receivers had hauled in a total of five touchdowns over the team’s first three games. Before the UNLV game, H-back Campbell and wideouts Dixon, Binjimen Victor, Terry McLaurin and Austin Mack each had one touchdown reception apiece. Against the Rebels, each of those receivers — except Mack — brought down a touchdown, as did Hill and walk-on C.J. Saunders. This set an Ohio State record for most receivers with touchdowns in a single game at seven after tight end Rashod Berry caught a touchdown later in the game.With the game seemingly evolving into a blowout out of the gate and Ohio State beginning to turn to its second- and third-string players, a multitude of wideouts were sure to be involved in the passing game. Ohio State, which has listed six starting wide receivers each week, was able to spread the ball out between just about everyone on the roster, giving each player a chance to get in on the action. By the end of the game, not only did six wideouts record touchdowns, but 13 different receivers had caught passes. Giving all those players experience and having the chance to boost their confidence by getting them involved in the plays could be vital in providing depth to the team the rest of the season.“Let’s go do it against a team that’s equally matched,” Meyer said. “So that’s our challenge is Big Ten Conference officially starts and — but we also understand you’re seeing a bunch of receivers, six of them — seven different people caught touchdown passes and that’s pretty neat to see that happen.”27.2 – percent of the time OSU converted on third down. For all the success Ohio State had Saturday, it struggled to convert on third-down attempts. It wasn’t until the last drive of the second quarter that the Buckeyes managed to convert on a third-down play, and overall they were successful in only 3-of-11 tries. Ohio State managed to balance out its inefficiency on third down by converting on 3-of-4 fourth-down attempts, two of which were for touchdowns. Against a better team, Ohio State’s lackluster play on third downs could have stifled the overall offensive production and dimmed its chances of winning. 13 – tackles for loss by Ohio State. It’s not exactly breaking news to say Ohio State’s defensive line is potent. But against UNLV, the Buckeyes tore through the opposition’s offensive line with ease, sacking the quarterback four times, hitting him twice, tipping a pass for an interception and tackling opposing players 13 times for losses. Throughout the game, UNLV quarterback Armani Rogers felt pressure, and though he occasionally managed to escape and take off down the field, more often than not it seemed he had nowhere to go and simply took the lost yardage. The starters on the defensive line stifled both Rogers and the running game as long as they were out there, holding the opposition to just 54 rushing yards on 13 carries during the first half. The secondary still looked questionable at times because even though it allowed only 88 total passing yards, it gave up 55 penalty yards on three pass interference calls and a holding penalty. Coach Urban Meyer said he was displeased with the performance of the secondary again, particularly as it pertained to the penalties.“Very concerned, terrible. It’s awful,” Meyer said.Until the secondary begins to pick up its play against higher quality opponents, the line will be counted on to apply ample pressure on the offense to prevent opponents from settling in and having time to make big plays. read more

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Singing teacher at Catholic boarding school had sex with student and encouraged

first_imgThe texts were extremely explicit and quite often [Mr Brown] would text her to switch to WhatsApp as it was saferPupil’s parent “Mr Brown referenced the ‘come down’ and also the great effect drugs could have during sex.”The panel also considered the contemporaneous text message Parent Z sent to Brown that December where she referred to his ‘coke’ use. Pupil A told the school: “Mr Brown emphasised the good aspects of drugs if taken in a controlled environment.”​ ​The girl has since left school.Parent Z said she looked through Pupil A’s laptop which contained a large volume of messages exchanged between Brown and her daughter​ dating back to February 2015.​She said: “Pupil A’s tone was one of trust … it seemed Mr Brown was praying on her vulnerabilities.”She explained: “The text messages quite quickly escalated into flirtatious chat and by the summer​ ​of 2015​ Mr Brown had sent naked images of himself in his bath to Pupil A.”Parent Z said “the texts were extremely explicit and quite often [Mr Brown] would text her to switch to WhatsApp as it was safer”.The panel considered the relationship between Brown and Pupil A arose as a result of their contact at the school and therefore could be categorised as a pupil/teacher relationship.Parent Z said “it was clear a physical relationship had begun as there were explicit references to Pupil A and Mr Brown having had sex within the text messages”.Pupil A said she started having sex with Brown at the start of July that year. Brown said it was not whilst she was a pupil at the school.Panel chair Mr Michael Lewis said: “The panel also noted prior to the sexual encounter, Mr Brown provided Pupil A with free singing lessons, a part-time job and then later, bought her an iPhone on which they could communicate. The school, where fees for boarders reach £32,000 a year, is renowned for its music department.A professional conduct panel of the National College for Teaching and Leadership in Coventry heard between June and December 2015 he sent the girl,  identified as Pupil A, messages encouraging her to take drugs, indicating he had taken them.He also sent her a picture message of himself in the bath, messages which were of a sexual nature, and had sex with her on one or more occasions.Self-employed Brown had been contracted to work at the school as a teacher from September 2012.The pupil’s mother, named at the hearing only as Parent Z, was shocked when she looked through Pupil A’s iPhone which contained messages exchanged with Brown. A singing teacher at a prestigious Roman Catholic boarding school had sex with a sixth former after giving her free lessons​ and sending her a picture of him in the bath.David Brown, 46, also encouraged the 18 year-old to take drugs after telling her how much they would boost their sexual relationship.The relationship was only discovered after the schoolgirl’s mother found messages on her iPhone – which Brown had given her – and on a laptop which discussed their sex sessions.Brown, who worked at Worth School in West Sussex, was banned from the classroom for life after admitting unacceptable professional conduct and conduct which may bring the profession into disrepute. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Parent Z said in a statement: “The messages again included open references to drug use and even offering to share them with Pupil A. “The panel considered the school’s note of their meeting with Pupil A, where she discussed the sexual encounter noting she was ‘very conscious of the end of term’.”They decided it was more probable it happened when she was still at school but in any event it arose from the relationship that developed whilst she was a pupil.Mr Lewis said: “The panel also considered that the provision of the free singing lessons and the paid part-time job, could be seen as an attempt to foster a relationship, which the panel regard as inappropriate.”He added: “The panel is satisfied that the conduct of Mr Brown, which involved sending inappropriate messages to a pupil which included encouraging her to take drugs and messages of a sexual nature, and engaging in sexual activity with the pupil, fell significantly short of the standards expected of the profession.”Brown was prohibited from teaching indefinitely which means he cannot teach in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England.Decision maker Ms Jayne Millions, on behalf of education secretary Justine Greening, said the case was so serious Brown shall not be entitled to apply for restoration of his eligibility to teach.last_img read more

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Off duty doctors are staying sober on Saturday nights to be ready

first_imgA top consultant has told of how off-duty doctors are not going out drinking and having fun on Saturday nights as they are primed to act in the event of a major terrorist attack.The consultant who was in charge of A&E at the Royal London hospital when victims were brought in on Saturday, Malik Ramadan, has spoken about how doctors in London are on high alert, expecting a terrorist attack at any time.He told BBC Radio 4 Today: “People at the moment are ready, the major trauma system in London has been preparing itself for some time yes, so doctors like myself who might have been going to Borough after a night in work [are not]”.Dr Ramadan spoke of how volunteers as well as on-call doctors came in, and they were fully staffed by the time patients arrived at the hospital . Despite this, the medical teams were fully-staffed by on-call and off-duty doctors supplementing the doctors who were already at work. He said: “We had a lot of people who were completely sober and ready to help. There is a high risk and they need to keep themselves ready.”We have a major incident plan that involves people who are volunteers coming in”.In the revealing interview, he spoke of how doctors are primed for a terror attack. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Part of the way we plan for these events is we dont get told specifics, we get told something really bad has happened and we plan for something really bad.”We clear beds and stock up on supplies. We call in on-call consultants and on-call teams and message people to see who can come in and help.The response time for doctors coming in to help was swift. He said: “By the time patients arrived we had fully-staffed resucitation areas and that was within 20-30 minutes.” However, what the doctors had to deal with was shocking. The consultant elaborated: “The people who had been stabbed were stabbed with a clear intent to kill and peoplw who were hit with a van were badly injured”.Even though doctors in London are used to seeing severe and crime related injuries, what they saw on Saturday night was shocking.He said: “London has a trauma system, we are used to receiving people who are badly injured but to receive 12 people who were shocked and startled to the point they couldn’t speak…they were patient with us as we did things to them that were probably clearly painful, but there were people who were just sitting on trollies not speaking.” He said: “The first responders who took patients to speakers were people on call expecting to operate that evening.”By the time the 4th person goes to theatre it’s people who have come in on an entirely voluntary basis”.last_img read more

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Nerea Pena with knee injury again out until end of season

During FTC‘s match at home against Zvezda Zvenigorod, which the host team won 35:34, Nerea Pena got injured again on her knee. The torn ligaments mean that she is to miss again some serious time, and at least by the end of this season we won’t see her playing. Nerea Penapena ← Previous Story Official Statement about Katarina Bulatovic’s future: Negotiations only after the end of CL Next Story → Dino Bajram to Pfadi Winterthur – Krieg staying until 2015

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DANISH PLAYOFF FINAL KIF Kolding Kobenhavn storm in Aalborg

KIF Kolding Kobenhavn is one step closer to the winning trophy of the Danish Championship after big victory in Gigantium Arena in Aalborg over home team 23:18 (11:10). Over 4.700 fans weren’t enough good support to stop strong defense of Jorgensen, Laen and other experienced players of away team, with the TOP scorer Lasse Andersson with 6 goals. In the home team Johan Jakobsson scored the same number of goals, but that wasn’t enough for better resistance last night…KIF Kolding Kobenhavn have now clear perspective to celebrate in front of home fans the first Championship under this name of the team… danish play-offDenmarkhandballkif kolding kobenhavn ← Previous Story Hungary wants to join SEHA – Veszprem IN, PICK Szeged still thinking! Next Story → EHF opens proceedings against Samsonenko! read more

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Shadow of the Colossus on PS4 Towers Over All Other Remakes

first_img Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay Shadow of the Colossus is one of the most important titles in video game history. The original PS2 classic has influenced countless titles for over a decade and is one of the few games worthy of being called art. Given its significance, it was smart for Sony to give it the full remaster treatment on PS4. Developer Bluepoint Games (who also worked on the remaster for PS3) completely remade the title from scratch and brings it up to modern-day graphical standards. It also implemented a number of subtle gameplay changes. The end result is one of the finest remakes ever released.Before delving into the game’s improved graphics, let’s focus on an aspect which is equally as important: controls. The original Shadow of the Colossus featured unusual controls, even at the time of its release. Though players had the choice to completely remap the buttons as they saw fit, the game’s controls took some getting used to. On top of awkward button mapping, the original Shadow of the Colossus also suffered camera issues. Bluepoint has thankfully addressed such issues in the remake.The remake doesn’t let players map buttons like the original. Instead, they can choose from a number of different configurations. One of the layouts is identical to the original, which is nice for those who prefer those controls. I felt the new default setting was the best. Why? Because it resembles the control layout of modern action games. X is to jump, Square is to attack, and Circle is to dodge, for example. It took me a while to acclimate to the default layout during my initial hands-on preview. However, I had no such problems with the final game. The other control options contain a mix of the default and original schemes. It’s nice to have these options, but the default control scheme is the way to go as far as I’m concerned.A number of other minor gameplay improvements also help the experience. When aiming, Wander (the game’s protagonist) now faces the same direction as the camera. This makes shooting arrows at colossi a breeze. Riding Agro the horse is also less of a pain since the creature is more responsive to commands. Traveling through tight paths with your equestrian friend is now relatively hassle-free. Wander is more nimble too. The hero can swim faster, continue running after landing from a jump, jump from ledges and platforms more accurately, and switch weapons quicker.Much like Agro, the camera tended to have a mind of its own in the original game. It wasn’t until many hours into the remake that I realized I had absolutely no camera issues. The fact I wasn’t aware of the camera is a clear sign of how much it has been improved. Whether traversing the world or felling a massive beast, the camera always obeyed my commands or fixed itself to an appropriate angle. An unwieldy or unpredictable camera can easily ruin any given gaming experience. I’m glad Bluepoint took the time to fix Shadow of the Colossus’ biggest problem. Most players will not even consider the fantastic camera work in the game, and that’s a good thing.The level of detail put into this remake is, quite frankly, astonishing. The game contains the original PS2 netcode in its DNA, but Bluepoint did not reuse any assets from that system. Rocks, trees, and buildings are all (digitally) hand-crafted. Because of this, the world feels much more organic. The new and enhanced lighting effects also help bring the world to life by providing an added level of realism and atmosphere that wasn’t possible on the original. There are instances where shadow textures pop up as you traverse the land, but it’s not a deal breaker. For the most part, the game renders the world at the highest possible quality at all times. This is truly a graphical powerhouse.As with everything in the game, the colossi look phenomenal. The first thing that will stick out to players is the creatures’ fur. Like actual fur, the fur on each colossi is not uniform. Every strand of hair has different stiffness, color, and length. The hairs even flow in different directions. The GPU dynamically generates hair on all the colossi. It’s now easier to see the monsters’ muscles and skin moving underneath the fur. I sometimes forgot I needed to kill these beasts because I was so transfixed by their level of detail. The colossi are a marvel to behold.The original had fantastic animations, so it’s great to see them enhanced here. Everything from riding on horseback, platforming, and colossi battles have a degree of fluidity that wasn’t present before. Now, Wander, Agro, and the colossi move along the terrain more convincingly. It’s a subtle thing, but the smoother animations help give the game a new sense of immersion.Shadow of the Colossus looks great on the base PS4. Users who play on this system get to enjoy all the graphical enhancements at a solid 1080p/30fps. PS4 Pro users get a little more, with HDR and graphical options between 4K/30fps and 1080p/60fps. The graphical fidelity of 4K mode will no doubt please consumers with televisions that display at that resolution. All of the enhancements just pop out more. With that said, I preferred playing at 1080p/60fps because of the smoother gameplay experience it provides. Though I feel 60fps is the optimal way to play, I’m glad Bluepoint provides folks with options to play the game how they want.Given how gorgeous Shadow of the Colossus now looks, it was a wise decision by the developers to include a photo mode. With photo mode enabled, players can adjust the image in a variety of ways in order to land the perfect shot. If you’ve played around with photo mode in other titles, then you know what to expect here. If you want to know how robust photo mode is, you need look no further than the images used in this very article. I took every one of them on my PS4 Pro. This mode is going to consume a lot of players’ time, that’s for sure.Sony clearly wants to bring Shadow of the Colossus into the modern age with this remake. While it certainly accomplishes this via the game’s enhanced graphics, it still feels like something from another era. Unlike modern games, Shadow of the Colossus isn’t brimming with extras and bonuses. The game simply tasks players with taking out a total of 16 colossi. It is the very definition of minimalist. Determined users can easily finish it in a single day if they wish. This may sound like a negative, but the game’s simplicity is part of its allure. This is especially true in an age where games can overwhelm players with an overabundance of content. Even years after its release, the game is a breath of fresh air.Instead of bombarding users with extraneous material, Shadow of the Colossus delivers a unique, rewarding, and meaningful journey. It asks players to contemplate their actions, and consider whether their quest to slay innocent beasts in order to revive a loved one is a noble cause. It is difficult to say how new audiences will take to the remake, but like the PS2 classic, it will surely find an audience with gamers who want something distinctive. After all, there are no other games on the market quite like Team Ico titles.Bluepoint has masterfully remade an all-time classic with Shadow of the Colossus on PS4. The studio manages to preserve everything that made the original special while delivering an experience palatable to modern audiences. Game conservation is important, and Sony has assured the game will continue to capture the imagination of gamers and developers alike for many years to come. 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Arts of Clark County has new name tack

first_imgThe nonprofit group that’s called itself Arts of Clark County for the past decade has changed its name and is working to expand its game.What used to be Arts of Clark County is now Artstra. That’s a palindrome (it reads the same backward and forward) for a reason, organizers say: It contains “arts strategies,” and suggests a broader range of possibilities and partnerships beyond Clark County, across all of Southwest Washington.Avoiding confusion is one reason the group retitled and redefined itself, chairwoman Karen Madsen and marketing chief Cameron Suttles said during a recent interview. Artstra is an independent, nonprofit organization that raises and distributes dollars for arts projects, but going by the name “Arts of Clark County” for the past decade meant the group was frequently confused with the Clark County Arts Commission, a related-but-different board.The Clark County Arts Commission is a public body that champions the arts and advises policymakers but has no budget. Arts enthusiasts urged its creation in the late 2000s, after the closure of the Columbia Arts Center in downtown Vancouver and the disbanding of the Vancouver Cultural Commission. Those departures left a “hidden and mostly underground” arts scene in Vancouver, which was seen as a “drive-through” town that arts lovers would bypass on their way to great experiences in Portland and Seattle, a statement from Artstra says.So the county created the no-budget Clark County Arts Commission in 2010. But to raise and supply actual cash flow, volunteers also launched the independent Arts of Clark County group. The two memberships started out almost identical, with the intent that they would work together seamlessly, according to former commission chairman Andy Gregg.last_img read more

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AllegriIts right that Ronaldo gets to face Manchester United

first_imgJuventus boss Massimiliano Allegri feels that the UEFA made the right call to not extend Cristiano Ronaldo’s match-banThe Portuguese star was sent off before the half-hour mark in Juventus’ 2-0 win over Valencia in their Group H opener of the Champions League.Ronaldo was left visibly stunned by the referee’s decision, but avoided an extended ban and will only miss Juventus’ next game against Swiss side BSC Young Boys on Tuesday.“I’m happy, it’s right that he gets to play against Manchester United,” Allegri told reporters in a press conference.“He’s doing well, even in [the game against] Bologna he had a good game. It’s right that he plays for the team, just as the team plays for him.“Then we have to improve in some things, we have to serve him better, but we are together recently, we have all the time to improve.”Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.Allegri has been left to make some difficult choices up in attack for Juventus following Ronaldo’s arrival with Paulo Dybala suffering the most.But the Italian insists he does not find it painful and ruled out the prospect of playing Ronaldo, Dybala, Mario Mandzukic and Federico Bernardeschi all at the same time.“Painful? No, we have many solutions,” he added.“In the last few games Bernardeschi is out, and he is the fittest of all, then we have outside important players like [Sami] Khedira and Douglas Costa.“I still have to make choices. It’s possible [all the attackers play]. The team is finding more balance.”last_img read more

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Sarri furious after Chelseas loss

first_imgMaurizio Sarri fumed at Chelsea’s lack of motivation as they were gunned down 2-0 by Arsenal at the Emirates stadium.Arsenal wrapped up the victory thanks to goals from Lacazette and a rare goal from Kolscieny before half-time despite the Blues effort to rescue the game after the break.The former Napoli tactician was so furious following the loss that he insisted on speaking via an interpreter in his Press conference and cited on Football Italia.“We were up against a team that was more determined than us and that is worrying because it is not the first time it has happened,” said Sarri.“Our team is extremely difficult to motivate and after we lose motivation, we also lose our way of playing football. It is a delicate moment psychologically after an initial phase in which the players seemed to understand very quickly what I was asking for.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSarri: “Cristiano Ronaldo is the strongest player in the world” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri has no doubts that Cristiano Ronaldo is the main man at Juventus, and plans to the star give more freedom to exploit his talents to their fullest extent.“We scored regularly at the start, now we are struggling.”However, the former Napoli boss didn’t want to disclose much on the potential of sealing Higuain’s deal.“I don’t want to get involved, as I had a meeting with the club 15 days ago and I am sure they are doing everything possible to sign the players we can get in a difficult situation like the January transfer window.“I don’t want to be thinking about it every day, especially as I find it really boring. Higuain was one of the players on the list, but I don’t know how the situation is evolving. There’s no point asking me.”last_img read more

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Government increases master trust protections and moves to cap early exit fees

first_imgThe government has published its new Pension Schemes Bill, which lays out stricter operating criteria for master trusts and begins the process of capping early exit charges for members of workplace pension schemes.The bill, published yesterday (20 October 2016), aims to boost consumer protections by creating a new approval regime for master trusts and giving new powers to The Pensions Regulator (TPR) to allow it to intervene where schemes are at risk of failing.Master trust schemes will now have to meet five key criteria. These include ensuring that the parties involved in the scheme are fit and proper, that the scheme is financially sustainable, that the scheme funder can meet certain requirements to provide assurance about their financial situation, that the administration and governance processes are sufficient, and that the scheme has an adequate continuity strategy.The additional protections were first unveiled in background briefing documents following the Queen’s Speech in May 2016.The Pension Schemes Bill also makes changes to legislation around pension charges, helping to introduce a cap to prevent early exit charges from creating a barrier for workplace pension scheme members wanting to access their retirement savings early. This aims to ensure that scheme members can take advantage of the pension freedoms without being penalised by early exit fees.Richard Harrington, the minister for pensions, said: “We are helping to create a culture of saving across the country and have delivered much needed change to our pension system to make saving easier, fairer and safer for all.“We want to make sure that people saving into master trusts enjoy the same protection as everyone else, which is why we are levelling up that protection, to give these savers more confidence in their pension schemes.”Lesley Titcomb, the chief executive at The Pensions Regulator, added: “We are very pleased that the Pension Scheme Bill will drive up standards and give us tough new supervisory powers to authorise and de-authorise master trusts according to strict criteria, ensuring members are better protected and ultimately receive the benefits they expect.”Nathan Long, senior pension analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “This is the death knell for badly run master trusts, crucially driving up the levels of protection for members.“Many current members will not have chosen membership, having been enrolled automatically by their employer. No member should lose their accrued pension savings as a result of a pension scheme getting into difficulties. This legislation looks to address the vulnerability that had existed within master trust regulation up until now and this means the cost of wind-up should not fall onto members.”last_img read more

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Delhi High Court no to declare marital rape as ground for

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday turned down a plea seeking direction to the Centre to declare marital rape as a ground of divorce. A Division Bench of the High Court presided by Chief Justice D.N. Patel and C. Harishankar said the court was not entitled to do so. The court observed that this was the mandate of the legislature and the judiciary was not entitled to pass an order on the same. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The plea filed by advocate Anuja Kapur also sought direction for framing of guidelines regarding the registration of marital rape cases. Presently, marital rape is not a ground for divorce under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, the Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act, 1937, or the Special Marriage Act, 1954. Kapur knocked the doors of the High Court after the Supreme Court refused to entertain her plea.last_img read more

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Hasina to blame grassroots if AL fails in next polls

first_imgAwami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina speaks at a special extended meeting of her party at her official Ganabhaban residence on Saturday. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the grassroots leaders and activists of Awami League will be held responsible if the people do not cast their votes in favour of the party in the next general elections.”We’ve implemented so many development programmes…we’ve developed the country. It won’t be acceptable if people don’t cast votes for boat after such massive development works,” she said.The prime minister was speaking at a special extended meeting of the party with its leaders came from across the country at her official residence Ganobhaban.Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina pays homage to the country’s founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, also her father, at the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Saturday, marking the 69th founding anniversary of Awami League. Photo: BSSThe leaders of AL central working committee, advisory council and national committee, district, city and upazila units’ presidents and secretaries, and members of parliament attended the meeting.Presidents and secretaries of all the units of Dhaka North and South city corporations and presidents and secretaries of the party’s all fronts and associate bodies also attended the meeting.Sheikh Hasina, also the AL president, said there is no reason that people will not vote Awami League to power in the upcoming election.”If that happens, you the leaders and activists of the grassroots level will be held responsible…this is my opinion, which will mean that you have failed to reach out to the mass people, serve them, convince them, inform them about the tremendous developments that have taken place during the government,” she said.Hasina insisted that there is no reason to suffer defeat by AL candidates in the election.The prime minister mentioned that Bangladesh never witnessed such development as no government in the past had been able to do so.”So, why other party will get votes… why BNP which is involved in killing, coup, arson attacks, gambling, drugs, looting orphans money, corruption, terrorism and militancy will get votes,” she questioned.The prime minister said she is looking for an answer to the question why BNP will get votes.”So, you (grassroots leaders and activists) have the huge responsibility.”AL general secretary Obaidul Quader also spoke at the meeting.last_img read more

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